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this insurgency that is spreading across pakistan, not just afghanistan. to move through it quickly, the taliban have, for a long time, earned money off of the opium trade in afghanistan. what i found since 2001, they have increased their activities, the drug trade. they collect tax in the southern areas, usually 10% of the drug trade is different from district to district, a confusing situation. similar to your local mafia that operates, this is where the tony soprano model comes in, they force farmers, local residents, local shopkeepers to contribute to the insurgency. they call this protection money or gifts. in many cases as opposed to receiving actual cash, in a rural area, there is not a lot of money floating around, they actually receive physical items, they get motorcycles, vehicles, mobile phones because the insurgents change funds to try to avoid detection. they will demand the locals provide them with phone units, and the chips that go inside them. afghanistan is a country where the phone system his pay-as-you-go. they provide credit on those phones. even medical care, one of the inte
, afghanistan is very much stuck in the dark age ages. >> there's the afghan/pakistan border, the tribal region, it's a primitive lifestyle. we've been to some of these local villages, the homes are made out of mud. it's very hot. it's one of the most mountainous and rugged regions in the world. and these are people that were born to fight. you know, for ages their way of life is fighting. >> reporter: 30 year of war, generation raised in war, children left orphaned, women left widowed. an economy flattened. people sickened by this endless conflict. they are fed up. everyone you speak to says, when will this end? >> upon landing in afghanistan, it was my first visit there what struck me was how primitive and backwards that country was. there was no electricity. there was no running water. there were no paved roads. quite simply, some of the worst roads i've ever been on. and as you explored that area, bouncing around on these awful roads, riding through river beds even, you get from place to place, another thing that struck me was the leftovers of nearly 25 years of conflict were littered acros
>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >>> the most wanted man in pakistan, a top taliban leader is dead. apparently killed by a u.s. missile strike. will it bring an end to his campaign of violence? >>> we mark the anniversary of the brief but brutal war between russia and georgia bruleft hundreds dead. tonight we look at the legacy of anger that remains. >>> how they see it. tonight, we get the british take on an american investment bank, goldman sachs. its huge profits and big bonuses in spite of a sputtering economy have some wondering about government connections. >>> and hell on earth. tonight, we take you to a sulfur mine in java where the workers get a good wage, but may be paying with their health. >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the following funders -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge. >>> for months, he was the top target of the cia and pakistan's military, baitullah mehsud, the head of the taliban in pakistan. a notorious militant commander who controlled
, ambassador richard holbrooke talks about the situation in afghanistan and pakistan. after that, an egyptian newspaper publisher discusses the middle east peace process. then, a look at the new gm electric car, the chevy volket. >> lobbying, influence, and money. monday, ellen miller, executive director of the sunlight foundation, on how they use the internet to provide transparency in government. of the communicators" at 8:00 p.m. on c-span2. >> book tv weekend continues all week in prime time, with more books on the economy and politics. monday night, senate majority leader harry reid. >> the discussion now and u.s. strategy in afghanistan and pakistan with special represented richard holbrooke. topics include the upcoming presidential election. this is about an hour and a half. >> good morning everyone. i am the president of the center for american progress. thank you for joining us this morning. the center is honored to have ambassador richard holbrooke and his really spectacular team here today who you see in friday. we have more members in the front row. this region of the world is a p
for you? >> and now bbc world news. >> a victory against the taliban in pakistan. the country's most wanted man is believed killed. >> we have credible information and this information is from the same area that he is dead. >> president obama hails a surprise drop in america's jobless. we look at the global trend. flying the flag for georgia. when you're on, is a conflict edging closer? welcome to bbc. we are aired on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later for you -- just like old times. hillary clinton looks up an old friend in south africa. and the comedy crunch indeed. performers are making light of the global recession. hello to you. there are strong indications that pakistan's's most wanted man, taliban commander baitullah mehsud, has been killed. it was thought he has led al- qaeda's campaign to make pakistan ungovernable. there is no official confirmation. ed sources tell the bbc he is dead and buried. american and pakistani officials are also telling our correspondence they believe he is dead. this from our correspondent in islamabad. >> a glimpse of pakistan's
and pakistan's military, baitullah mehsud, the head of the taliban in pakistan. a notorious militant commander who controlled a wide area of pakistan's northwest. a man whose organization killed hundreds of security forces and civilians. today a senior taliban commander and the pakistani government says mehsud and his wife had been killed. but a missile fired unmanned american aircraft. it happened wednesday morning in south waziristan in the tribal area. the latest in a series of attacks aimed at mehsud. how badly did the united states want him? there was a $5 million bounty on his head. in tonight's "lead focus," we look at the death of baitullah mehsud and what it means for the war against the taliban. it was reported that mehsud was at his father-in-law's house at the time of the attack suffering from a kidney ailment. this video is from may of 2008 shot at a press conference. although mehsud insisted his that his face not be shown he briefly turned towards the camera. he is a national intelligence reporter for the "washington post." >> caller: there was pretty good evidence in terms of th
a u.s. missile strike kill the taliban chief in pakistan? >>> and justice okay. sonia sotomayor prepares to take her seat on the united states supreme court. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm karen brown in for michelle guillen. >>> president obama says this country is finally digging itself out of the worst recession since world war ii. we'll get a better picture today when the labor department releases the unemployment figures for july. susan roberts in washington has more. good morning, susan. >> reporter: karen, good morning to you. regardless of what we find out today, the job openings out there remain scarce, and most economists expect the unemployment rate to keep rising to 10% or higher by the end of the year. christoff miller never imagined he'd be out of work this long. >> i thought i'd go and find another job in a month at the longest. >> reporter: instead, it's been almost a year, so he's heading to houston to work for his family's roofing business. it's a field he has no experience in in a state he's never visited. >> i
's latest mission to neighboring pakistan. we didn't miss it and have a report on what may be a new american strategy. >>> and in one italian city, there's no business like cheese business where parmesan is so highly valued you can literally take it to the bank. >> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible in part by the following funders -- major support has also been provided by the peter g. peterson foundation dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. >> good evening. i'm martin savidge. >>> scottish officials were already under fire even before they made it official yesterday and allowed a convicted terrorist to fly home to libya to die. the outrage only deepened today after these pictures of libyans celebrating abdel baset al megrahi's release were broadcast around the world. al megrahi, of course, was convicted for the 1988 bombing of pan am 103 over lockerbie scotland. the terror attack killed 270 people. and today, once again, m
: there is alarming new information about pakistan and its nuclear arsenal. according to a research group, there have been at least three attacks, and the article warns about the threat of nuclear weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists and that it is real. , are we doing enough? former secretary of state henry kissinger joins us -- it is real. are we doing enough? should we be concerned that the nuclear arsenal in pakistan will get into the hands of islamic extremists or the taliban? >> i think it is certainly a matter of concern of any nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremists, especially in pakistan, where there is a very active jihadist movement. i have seen no evidence that would question that pakistan has a under firm control, but it is an issue that should concern -- has it under firm control, but it is an issue that should concern us and any other country that could be affected by a nuclear attack from terrorists. greta: besides the fact that they have got so much turmoil in pakistan, it includes the fact that the military is in charge of protecting it, and it is hard for us t
. two possible successors reportedly have been killed in infighting. nick schiff ryn is in pakistan. >> reporter: the taliban in pakistan is in disarray. three days after the cia decapitated the group by killing its leader, baitullah mehsud, they now appear to have decapitated themselves. two possible successors, including this man, hakimullah, reportedly killed each other during a meeting to choose the new chief. without a leader, the taliban is more fragile than in years. >> there will be a clash within the different taliban groups. because of this clash, the whole movement will weaken. >> reporter: with a weakened militancy, the question now how to keep pressure up. months ago, pakistan promised a ground invasion in the but a senior military official here says that they are now "reassessing the whole situation." the u.s. has used cia drone strikes to target the taliban. those strikes have been much more effective in the last year thanks to new technology and increased u.s./pakistan intelligence sharing. and though pakistan still officially objects to the drone strikes, today, the
on blueprints. he is regarded by most in his home country of pakistan as a national hero. >> reporter: hqkahn is considered the father of pakistan's nuclear program. >> he brought back from the netherlands some materials he had stolen. >> reporter: former pakistan sháeus marvin winebalm says kahn didn't just assemble a team b@ th developed a bomb. in the '70s, '8 0sand '90s, he went on to share nuclear secret with so many of the so-called rogue nations. >> he had ties in saudi arabia, he dealt with the libyans, the iranians, north koreans and who knows who else. in the case of north korea, it was a matter of getting rocket technology in exchange for knowledge. >> reporter: eventually pressure ing thwe stled to kahn be placed under house arrest for in five years. but pakistan's version of house quite a moun to lavish lifestyle. >> you joke about -- he joked about the fact he had a hotel in timbuktu, although no freedom of movement around the country or to leave the country. >> reporter: and house arrest did not include pakistan offering the united states a chance to interrogate khan. >> they
for you? >> and now bbc world news. >> a victory against the taliban in pakistan. ed the country's most wanted man is believed killed. >> this information is that he is dead. >> president obama speaks to a surprise drop in america's jobless. a fresh conflict in georgia edging closer? welcome to bbc world news. it is broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later for you -- just like old times. hillary clinton looks up an old friend in south africa. [inaudible] >> and the comedy crunch. performers are making light of the global recession. hello to you. ed there are strong indications that pakistan's most wanted man, taliban commander baitullah mehsud, has been killed. he is believed to be leading al- qaeda's campaign to make pakistan ungovernable. sources have said that he is killed and buried, killed in a u.s. air strike on wednesday. this is from our correspondent in as, bob -- islamabad. >> baitullah mehsud is rarely seen in public. the white house has called him "a murderous thug." >> we have clear information that so far we do not have any evidence to confirm that
killed yesterday in south waziristan, pakistan. we begin with this report narrated by alex thomson of independent television news. >> the charismatic commander who as leader of pakistan's biggest taliban grouping created such instability in the country that the u.s. put a $5 million bounty on his head. that offer came to an abrupt end on wednesday after a cia drone's missile targeted a home in the south region of pakistan. the taliban commander and aid confirmed he had been killed. masud took over the group in december 2007 and soon became a major thorn in the side of the pakistani government which blamed him for the assassination of the presidential candidate benazir bhutto. and for attacks on the vey lankan crickity -- cricket team. >> you put into question pack stan's security, it was creting a lot of problems for the military, for the police and at the same time they also painted him as the bogey man, the man who was behind every single attack if pakistan even though it wasn't necessarily proved that he was. >> masoud supporters are already believed to be meeting to decide on t
>>> good morning. breaking news. the taliban's leader in pakistan, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, reportedly killed in a u.s. missile strike. >>> hidden message. an unpublished post on george sodini's blog reveals he admired a woman at the pennsylvania gym where he went on that shooting rampage, killing three women and injuring nine others. >>> and not the wife he knew. the husband of the woman who police say was drunk and high when she caused that deadly wrong-way crash speaks out for the first time. >> listen to this i go to bed every night knowing my heart is clear. she did not drink. she's not an alcoholic. >> what he thinks really happened in a live interview with his sister-in-law "today," friday, august 7th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this friday morning, i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm lester holt. matt lauer will be back on monday. this morning, u.s. and pakistani intelligence officials are working to confirm the death of pakistan's taliban chief baitullah mehsud. >> he
hundreds. investigators said all three had links to a militant group based in pakistan. more details in new delhi. >> the attack in august, 2003 was devastating. the bombs were planted inside two taxis. one detonated at the height of the business hour, leaving behind a trail of destruction. the second, at the city's main landmark, the gateway of india. more than 50 people were killed and nearly 180 were wounded. last week, a special court convicted two men and a woman of planting the bombs. outside, the main prosecution lawyer had this to say. >> this decision is very important and it will send a strong signal to anyone who wants to engage in this kind of illegal activity costing the lives of the innocent population. >> a judge handed them the death penalty. all three have pleaded not guilty and are expected to appeal against the sentence. their trial took place in high security and under a powerful anti-terrorism law that no longer exists. prosecutors argued that the bombings were carefully planned arab -- and or an act of extreme brutality. all three deserve the harsh sentence, they said.
wanted man in pakistan. baitullah mehsud. martha raddatz was on the story last night. and joins us what was a major blow toxtremist threatening pakistan. >> reporter: strong intelligence work on the part of the u.s. and pakistan did mehsud in. u.s. aircraft predator kept its secret air bases in pakistan ready to launch. the imagery from these aircrafts is beamed back to military bases in the u. at 1:00 this wednesday in pakistan, communications intercepts led officials to believe mehsud was staying with one of his wives. soon after, a predator aircraft september back an image. he and his wife on the roof. she was massaging his legs, apparently causing him pain from diabetes. that's when the missile was launched. today the taliban confirmed mehsud's death. >> a massive funeral has been held. virtually impossible for anyone outside of that village to gain access. >> reporter: today, the taliban was already meeting to choose mehsud's is successor. figers he sent into afghanistan killed could wantless u.s. troops. in this interview mehsud, we said, we paid to god to give us the ability to d
is to the camera in this rare video of him. he's enemy number one in pakistan, believed to be behind some of the most spectacular attacks in that country, including the assassination of benazir bhutto. u.s. officials consider him a grave threat as well. the nexus of all terror groups in pakistan. the u.s. and pakistan have been trying to track mehsud for months. nine of the last ten cia drone strikes have been aimed add his network, but u.s. and pakistani officials believe a strike in south waziristan yesterday likely killed him. omps saying there's a 95% chance he's among the dead. u.s. officials had visual and other indicators it was mehsud. pakistanis are trying to collect physical evidence to be certain. if it is confirmed, the obama administration has hit one of the most significant terrorist targets in years. for pakistan, the strike would have a profound effect, says nick schifrin. >> undoubtedly, there would be new commanders, but his death would give pakistan a level of confidence that the talupon is not all powerful. the u.s. admits it needs pakistani support to win this war. >>
's campaign to make pakistan ungovernable ere is no officia confirmation. ed sources tell the b he is dead anduried. american and pakistani officials are also telling our correspoence they believe he is dead. this from our corresponden in islamabad. >> a glime ofakistan's most wanted man -- baitullah mehsud. his chiingessage at this news conferenceast yearas that suicide bombers were his atom bomb. he ide wanted to die for his cause. e indications are, he got his wish. baitulla mehsu's cv is written in ood. he is acsed of arranng e assassinatn of former prime minister benir bhutto. he is lind to the bombing of th hotel in islamabad whi claimed over 50 lives. his home has been a sancary for al-qaeda, a problem f britain andhe u.s.. he has focud on targets here home, bomng of pakistan cause backs the west. serity in islamabad is being stepped up for fierce his followers cld try to ke revenge. --or fears his followers could try to te revenge. he dlared war on his o country d people. they told us they do not believe he is dead. they haveeard at before. othe sayhey hve a sense of relief, not j
reporters yesterday on the situation in afghanistan and pakistan. he talked about efforts to train security forces, at the upcoming election there, and pakistan's offensive against the taliban. this is an hour and a half. >> good morning, everybody. i'm john podesta, president of the center for american progress. thank you for joining us this morning. the center is honored to have ambassador richard holbrooke, u.s. special representative for afghanistan and pakistan, and it's really spectacular team you see in front of you. we have more members in the front row. this region of the world is a primary national security concern for the united states, one that was reaffirmed by the president back in march when he made the case for stronger, smarter, more comprehensive commitment to the conflict there. the center has also made it is our primary focus of through the ongoing work of senior policy analysts, particularly lawrence korb, and another who is here this morning and will be added to couple this evening on an election-monitoring mission, amongst others. ambassador holbrooke has assembled an
, and pakistan's nuclear program is targeted by extremists. we'll find out what american officials are saying about that. we now know what the government warning about right wing extremists was based on. you may be surprised, and you won't be getting taken for a ride by lawmakers seeking first chas transportation at your imens, at least not this time all that plus the all-stars right here, right now. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. in engaging with the public over healthcare has been a contact sport for members of congress so far this month. today, president obama stepped up to the microphone in new hampshire. senior white house correspondent major garrett has the story. >> they have lined the streets for president obama. >> no government health healthcare! >> both supporters and opponents of national healthcare. >> this is debt! the bill is 1,000 pages. these people haven't even read it. if you read it, you would realize it is pure evil. >> i'm here because i believe in basic human rights and i think that obama has the right idea here and i'm tired of people that don't believe in givi
and al qaeda and together with the dramatic events in pakistan in the last week and a half which are enormously important, but we don't exactly know how, we just they they're important, are the direction we're trying to go. >> al: vexing question in my mind is the role of iran in the region. we had cooperation earlier from inan the now putting tremendous diplomatic and other pressure on them. do we need support from iran and afghanistan to succeed? what's the tradeoff? maybe another way of asking that question is what's the greater threat to national security if you can opine on that. what's going on in iran or in afghanistan or pakistan? >> i can't opine which is the greater threat because a nuclear iran would be a very great threat not only to us but to everyone. nor do i work on iran. but i do want to make very clear that while i don't have an iranian count part, the -- counterpart, the -- we recognize geography and its realities and anyone in this room who's been to herat, as ashley bommer and i have on a trip as -- and many of you know that herat is in a kind of cultural eco
. pakistan's president has been meeting britain's prime minister hoping to reassure him that his country is doing all it can to hunt down the taliban and control its border with afghanistan. on thursday, a suicide bomber killed two -- 22 police officers. the president says that his forces are on top of the -- are on top of the situation. >> they are coming to bury their dead. border guards, who sat down to their evening meal, and were joined by a suicide bomber. militants linked to the taliban claimed responsibility. this was the first big attack since the killing of their leader earlier this month. they rob these boys of their fathers and reminded pakistanis of what they can do. the attack was here, on the border with afghanistan. it was congested and tentse when we some of this exact spot earlier this week. this is a key artery for nato's supply convoys, and it is a favorite target for the new taliban leader. he made his name bombing the convoys, and there are fears he could renew attacks and send more fighters across the borders. at commanders told us they cannot stop them. >> undefen
of pakistan says his people are pretty certain that the taliban boss is dead after an air strike. he is baitullah mehsud. it is confirmed to the associated press that he is dead. the white house says it is true. the people of pakistan are safer tonight. >> this is an individual whose title as a murderous thug was well-deserved. shepard: baitullah mehsud was deeply feared inside pakistan and blame for assassinating the former prime minister benazir bhutto. investigators linked him to last year's suicide attack on a marriott hotel in the capital. he was believed to be sending recruits across the border to hit targets in afghanistan. u.s. forces have been pounding his turf right on the border between afghanistan and pakistan. it looks like they finally got their killer. it is not yet 100% confirm. we cannot independently verify it. we are still looking for more evidence. if it is the case, it is a serious setback for the taliban. by definition, a hugely positive step for the rest of the world. we have team fox coverage tonight. jonathan pond has more on what the man has represented. fir
remed a world wide shortage. in many developing countries, such as pakistan's, patients are left to suffer as a rult of the hi cost of medici or lack of avaability. countries like afgnistan could be supplying, says former germa ar doctor. . >>> translator: a rise in morphine production would he reduce prices in deveping countries, and that uld help make it available to many more people. exporting it would bring money into the country. it wld be sold. it wouldn't be ven away. and the money could beused in afghanistan to boost the economy. in's very hig nemployment hor. new jobs uld be created. there's so many rasons why this could work. >> reporter: butrouble is tha the u.s. refus to approve legalization of opium poppy cuivation even though supporters of this optiosay it could be the answer to ma of afghistan's problems. >> that was deutsche wle reporting fr afghanistan. >>> shld the united states continue efforts to get riof afghanistan'poppy crop, or buy itp for medical use? you can see what one of our blogger's take on that vy issue by visitg our website, that's
to questions about afghanistan and pakistan. >> in your letter you pay a great tribute to our armed forces. you say, despite the tragic losses, morale remains high. the current operations are succeeding in their objectives. tell us exactly, prime minister, what we are achieving in afghanistan. >> first of all, the current operation which i was referring to, panther's clock, is designed to make it possible for an area to be free of taliban influence as we approach the elections. for people in that area to fill the have a stake in the future of afghanistan, rather than be part of an area under the whip of the taliban. that operation is moving through this area, backed up by an afghan national army, and with the governor of helmond, is ready to provide services in that area, so people can see that the afghan government and civil society is able to support the local people in that area. it will lead to thousands of people in the elections being able to vote freely and fairly without intimidation, because the polling stations will be able to be placed in that area where they could not do so now. thi
. trusted everywhere. chris: one of p america's and pakistan's most wanted is assumed dead and taliban leaders are looking for a replacement. national security correspondent jennifer griffin reports on the apparent end of the line for one especially brutal terrorist. >> he was pakistan's usama bin laden, and he is shown here in one of the few known photos where you can see his face. responsible, according to u.s. intelligence intercepts, for the 2007 assassination of former pakistani prime minister benazir bhutto. he was suspected of ork straighting this earlier bombing on her convoy after she returned from her exile to run for re-election shortly after landing in ka rashy. suicide bombers were believed behind last summer's bombing at the marriott. pakistani officials confirmed the assassination. >> according to my information, this is true and he has been taken out. >> this taliban commander spoke to his family. >> his four aides and his wife were also killed. >> by a precision-guided 500-pound bomb by a drone and with human intelligence provided by the pakistanis, u.s. intelligence o
that a top taliban leader in pakistan is dead. two senior leaders of baitullah mehsud's group say the notorious leader has been killed. u.s. officials have yet to confirm that death, though. cbs news correspondent richard roth reports. >> reporter: it's been the first time a leader of pakistan's taliban militia has been reported killed but it's the first time there's been so much support for the claim. capturing or killing baitullah mehsud has been a top priority of u.s. counterterrorism efforts. as one u.s. official has put it the world would be a safer place without him. it's said mehsud was among those killed in an american missile attack wednesday on a remote village in a tribal area of northwest pakistan and the claims backed by u.s. and pakistani intelligence officials though they say they have no physical evidence. but one of mehsud's lieutenants has told journalists it's true. the west blames mehsud for the 2007 assassination of former prime minister benazir bhutto and a wave of violence in pakistan. richard roth, cbs news, london. >>> economists believ
action involving bill clinton. now today we've had news that the head of the taliban in pakistan has been assassinated by an american drone. also join bourne called and would like his plot lines back. first it's time for a couple holy mackerel stories. a couple days ago on this show we drew a parallel others have drawn as well between the corporate funded republican staffed pr operation riling up mobs to heckle and harass members of congress at town hall events at these recess rallies and the mother of all manufactured fake grass roots demonstrations of this young century, the infamous brooks brothers riot which managed to halt the miami-dade recount following the presidential election in 2000. now, i raise the spectre of the brooks brothers riot as a historical analogy as a reminder this type of tactic has been used before and to great effect. what i didn't realize at the time is that the brooks brothers rioters are more than just an analogy here. the brooks brothers rioters and the professionals orchestrating recess rallies now are connected. here's how. at the time many of the brooks b
of those responsible. the crowd was dispersed by police. >>> in neighboring pakistan, military officials claim a missile strike killed the wife of one of the taliban's top leaders today. the missile strike reportedly hit a house in a town in northwestern pakistan's lawless tribal region of south waziristan. intelligence officials say one the victims was the wife of baitullah mehsud. mehsud is suspected of involvement in the assassination of former prime minister benazir bhutto and dozens of suicide attacks. and that brings us to our signature story tonight. the humanitarian crisis in pakistan. we reported extensively about how the pakistani military under pressure from washington has moved aggressively after the taliban in the swat valley, but once it did, an estimated 2 million people fled that region to an area known as mardan, overwhelming services there. aide workers from the irish humanitarian group called concerned worldwide recently visited the affected area and documented the very difficult concerns there. they shared their videos and interviews with our "worldfocus" producer yuv
of former pakistan prime minister benazir bhutto. they are saying that if he is dead, without a doubt, the people of pakistan will be safer. scott is following this. what is the latest? >> good news indeed. the government is going into this a little bit lightly, saying that he was doubt -- killed on wednesday. a lot of ground intelligence, including a funeral on wednesday, but also a meeting right now going on with the taliban leadership to select his successor. the pakistani wants physical evidence, and they have detached 18 to get it. they want a dna test. this is good news, a father in the cap for the army, but they also are saying that they are not going to 100% confirm her death until they get to the physical evidence. they also say that they expect a dip in the attacks we have seen across the last couple of months, but they expect another successor in the taliban, and that there will be only a little respite before the taliban is back to their actions as we have seen over the last couple of months. that is meaning that they are still on the game, and the fight is not over. one t
killed in a u.s. missile strike in pakistan. his wife also reportedly killed in that strike. he was suspected of plotting numerous terror attacks. he is believed to have killed hundreds of people in pakistan, including -- he has been implicated in the assassination of benazir bhutto. the mountains of the afghan border. jennifer griffin joins us live from the pentagon. obviously, this was a big hit for the u.s. military. talk about what you produce what they believe he was doing in that border region between afghanistan and pakistan. >> let me first mention something that i have just learned and just confirmed from a u.s. official with access to the latest intelligence. i am told that the u.s. intelligence committee -- community is not waiting any more for any sort of dna or pictures to confirm that he is dead. they are assuming at this point in time that he is dead. what they're waiting for his signals intelligence, the intercepts that they get from mobile phones in communications out in those tribal areas amongst his supporters. they are trying to figure out who the successor i
. investigators said that all three had links to a pakistan- based terrorist group. more details from delhi. >> the attack in 2003 was devastating. bombs were planted inside two taxis. one detonated at the city's main jewelry market at the height of the business hours, leaving behind a trail of destruction. the second of the mainland parks, the gateway of india. more than 50 people were killed, and nearly 118 wounded. last week, courts convicted the three suspects of planting bombs. outside court, the main prosecution lawyer had this to say. >> this decision is very important and it will give us justice for everybody, and pause for everyone who would like to imagine such illegal activity and taking the lives of innocents. >> today, the judge handed down the death penalty. all three had pleaded not guilty, and they are expected to appeal against the sentence. their trial to place in high security, under a powerful anti- terrorism law that no longer exists. prosecutors argued extreme brutality, and they say that all three deserved the punishment. the group has all -- also been accused of last
. it could be quite a blow to pakistan's taliban. there are a strong indications that a militant leader was killed. russia and georgia remember their five-day war. south africa, secretary of state hillary clinton arrives to try to intensify the pressure on zimbabwe. millions of pilgrims in karbala. it is quite a challenge for iraqi security forces. we will speak to the only british bullfighter to take to the rain in spain about his controversial sport. >> it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london, and 5:00 p.m. in islamabad. it is believed to the commander of the militants there has been killed. baitullah mehsud had a $5 million down the on his head. it is claimed he died when two missiles were shot into my home on wednesday. taliban sources have told the bbc he is dead. there has been no confirmation of this. >> he has been the most wanted man in pakistan, with a five million-dollar bounty on his head. there'these are rare pictures of baitullah mehsud. the stronghold had been targeted. there are indications the home of one of baitullah mehsud's relatives holmes was hit by a missi
in pakistan is dead. the victim of a cia drone attack. >>> his own words. we hear from the pennsylvania gym shooter. his words are the anatomy of a rampage. >>> and vaccine safety. with clinical trials of a swine flu vaccine starting here today, lingering questions about whether it will do more harm lingering questions about whether it will do more harm than good. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. and thanks for being with us. u.s. efforts to get rid of the taliban and al qaeda may have gotten a major boost. that's because it appears that the top terrorist leader in pakistan has been killed in a cia drone attack. >> pakistani intelligence officials say that batula massoud is dead. and there's reports that his funeral has already been held. we get details from nick schifrin in islamabad. >> reporter: massoud is pakistan's eni number one. responsible for some of the worst terrorist attacks in the country's history. pakistani officials say he's killed more than 1,200 people in the last 2 years, including benazir bhutto. he's at the center of a nexus of terrorists that have threa
, and we will see you. coming up, is believed the most wanted man in of pakistan is dead. from a united states air strike. what it means. call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. i felt amazingly boxed in. (announcer) joe uses the contour meter from bayer. (joe) my meter absolutely adapts to me and my lifestyle. i'm joe james, and being outside of the box is my simple win. (announcer) now available in five vibrant colors. shepard: mounting evidence today that a missile strike by the cia has killed the most wanted man in pakistan. let's give you the latest. officials are working to confirm the death of this man, baitullah mehsud, maine leader in pakistan, believed to be responsible for committing suicide attacks and assassinations. he died tuesday, say his people, when a missile attack struck his rural home. this is one of the most volatile regions and pakistan, and it is not run by the government, but by tribal militants. for a long time, pakistan's government seemed content to let them control it. but
was dispersed by police. >>> in neighbong pakistan, mitary officials claim a miile strike killed the wife of one of the taban's top aders today. the missile rike repordly hit aouse in a tow in northwesrn pakistan'slawless tribal region of south wazirian. intelligence officials say one the vtims was the wife of metula bassude. and that brings us to our signate story tonight. the humanitarian crisis in pakistan. we repord extensivy about w the pakistani mility under pressurerom washington has ved aggressily aft the taliban in the at valley, but ce it did, an estimated 2 million people fled tat region to an area known as mardan ovwhelming servic there. de workers from the irish milita group called concerned world wide recently visited the area and documented the very difficult conrns there. they sharedheir vidos and interviews with fe producer yuvol lionho brings us this report. >> rorter: children were bac in class this weeke in pakistan's battled-scarred swat valley we open schools psychologicallimportant step in this religion. the taliban haddestroyed schools, particularl those teaching girls. b
, it is not just about afghanistan but pakistan and what is going on there. >> general, we have been there how long? six years, and it is like, it sounds like you are talking about we just got there. >> no, no, no. i have been involved in this for six years also. >> how bad is it there? every report we have is that it is worse than it has ever been and it has become sort of a stink hole and now you are trying to develop yardsticks to find out how well we are doing. when are we going to know how we are doing, even? >> we will -- that is a very good question, and it is a fair question. this is my opinion. my opinion was that we did not have a well articulated strategy until march of this year. we have a strategy for security, we have a little bit of a strategy for economic development, which was other people's problems and we had a strategy that may be addressed a little bit of govern nanls and the rule of law. this strategy merges all of those three things. we also are definitely going to in conjunction with our allies develop the afghan army at a faster rate and the afghan police so we can have a
this morning to talk about afghanistan and pakistan and other terrorism issues. we've touched on this article earlier today, a piece in the "washington post" yesterday. he writes general stanley he writes general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is expected to present his analysis of his thoughts on president obama's new strategy. what are your thoughts on his upcoming report? what would you like to see? >> guest: the general of course is focused on afghanistan. that is his mission. the national mission is to deal with the security threats to the united states and those threats come chiefly from iran, north korea and the possibility that pakistan might unravel. the chief relevance of afghanistan is not afghanistan, but its location between iran and especially its involvement with pakistan. and it is not critical to our national security. i think it would be an outstanding outcome if we were able to do nation-building in afghanistan and to turn that country, which has had so many problems, into a real functioning state. but in terms of our national security, the issue
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